Judson Yaggy

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  1. Pass. Lower end Vulcan or similar to start with, and then worked past it's usable life. What's left of the sweet spot/working surface has worn down to just cast iron.
  2. Chile forges are outstanding in terms of quality and performance. I have used one professionaly and was very impressed with the performance. Good customer service on the phone as well. I am not affiliated in any way with them, just an honest review. Never used the other brand, and now I never will, from the photos it looked like quality suffered to make a price point. Sometimes the "warm fuzzies" burning off a flanel shirt are the toxic and flamable fabric preservatives sprayed on the fabric during production. Wash your clothes after buying.
  3. New quality anvil prices are in the $6 to $8 per pound range here in the USA. The one in the OP exceeds that, but the included vise may offset that by a good bit.
  4. My word, I miss Grant. I'll strike the power hammer 3 times in his memory in the AM. Well, truth be told, perhaps 300 times... Bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang...pause for heat...bangbangbang bang bang
  5. Ha! Blast from the past! Stupid paying work keeps getting in the way. Rear crank and cylinder push air, piston rings I machined out of UHMWPE figuring I could swap them out for bronze later if the thing actually worked. Treadle linkage drives a rack and pinion welded to the outside end of a fabricated and machined barrel valve between the two pistons. Rotational positions of the valve allow for no flow, limited to full flow, and various one way (check valve?) flows to allow pressure/vaccume consistancy for a given foot position. Highly inspired by the Aldays design. Have not connected the front piston to the tup. Did I mention paying work getting in the way? Not to mention the Champion #1 I bought and restored in the meantime. I have other functional hammers so like I said before, this is a for fun project. Will get around to finishing it someday...
  6. Here you go. Old catalog and it included parts breakdowns. canedy.pdf
  7. John Larson, the owner, retired and is no longer producing hammers.
  8. ??? $20 an hour? Crazy low. Most pro blacksmith shops 'round here are in the $100/hour range. Why should a blacksmith charge less than an auto mechanic? Buy him out for a month or two, sell and produce the big job or a year's production of craft fair sales, and pocket the $80/hr difference. I won't even turn on my lights for $20/ hour.
  9. The 2017 Hammer-in will be held on Saturday, August 26th from 1-5 PM. Demonstrations starting at 2:00. As before, if you would like to participate, please feel free to attend. If you would like to come, please let ‘Mike’ know so we have a ballpark figure of participants. 1-802-357-2010 or by e-mail at [email protected] The mill will furnish the refreshments. Price: FREE! If you are not familiar with Ben’s Mill, it is a formerly water-powered woodshop and blacksmith shop in Barnet, VT. Ben Thresher was a local legend for his ability to fix or build just about anything out of wood or metal. The mill is owned by a non-profit, Ben’s Mill Historic Trust, with the goal of preserving and continuing to use the building and all the original equipment still located there. Our website, http://bensmill.com/ can give you more information about the mill. We hope to see you on the 26th! Ben's Mill 2236 West Barnet RdBarnet VT 05821United States
  10. Clapper dies in a power hammer or press would be my method.
  11. Hear hear! I agree.
  12. How close is the tolerance on your hammered bar? That will drive the width of the groove. I'd make it tighter rather than looser, if you hit a fat spot in the cap rail with the roller you can grind/sand/blend down the rail thickess. Be aware that if you are using the spiral stair formula in Parkinson's book, it's wrong. Doesn't work.
  13. A lot of old mechanicals underrated the weight of the tup. Too many makers and by too much weight to be an accident in my opinion, I think it was a marketing ploy. "Wow, this 75# hammer hits like 100#!" My 85# mechanical has a tup weight of 95# without the die.
  14. I've heard of guys taking the trailer with the hammer on it thru the car wash on the way home. Like Thomas said, as long as you don't let the water sit between moving parts for long you should be ok. Proper lubrication will get it pretty greasy again in short order thou, so be prepared.
  15. Apologies for the short and somewhat dismissive answers above. Many people copy and sell his style of hammers, some with his blessing and some without. Look on ebay, or contact those who have taken his class like Littleblacksmith here on IFI. I agree with Glenn. Brian teaches week long intensive classes from which you will walk away with both a hammer and a tremendous amount of knowledge and experiance. Well worth the price for a beginner.